In-the-beginning-dvd-majskadegaard-5Multimedia Show: In the Beginning…of the End — A Voyage of Women Becoming

In the Beginning…of the End — A Voyage of Women Becoming (1980-81) was the first multimedia show in Europe (Paris/Copenhagen) made by women, reflecting revolutionary visions of the Women’s Movement. A co-creation by Renate Stendhal and painter Maj Skadegaard, with sound by Iben Haahr, the show is a provocative look at the Judeo-Christian origins of patriarchal thinking — and possible alternatives.

The show premiered in 1980 at the Berlin Summer University to an audience of 2000 enthusiastic women. Maj and Renate were on the road for a year with 12 pieces of equipment (4 slide carousels, Super-8 projector, amplifier, speakers). A year later, the show was produced on 16 mm film by the Canadian Film Board’s Studio D. The award-winning film toured for several years throughout Europe and beyond, was shown at several film festivals, followed by heated debates about the myths debunked in the show.

The French Women’s Ministery subsidized French subtitles when the film was archived at the Centre Simone de Beauvoir in Paris. A “comic strip” version appeared in the German feminist magazine EMMA in 1982, and the DVD can be seen at the Women’s Archive, Frauen Media-Turm, in Cologne.

Reviews:

“A one-hour dream trip. Enlightenment as a vision. A liberating new myth… as a strong applause showed.” (Berliner Tagesspiegel)

“Outraged, outrageous” (New York Native)

“Image-witty feminism” (Basler Zeitung)

“With their show, Maj Skadegaard and Renate Stendhal have opened up new doors for discussion on feminism.” (Politiken)